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English translation: It's from the Bible

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19:34 Nov 21, 2008
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English term or phrase: whip with scorpions
It's a quote attributed to John Webster.
"Oh that I were a man, or that I had power to execute my apprehended wishes - I would whip some with scorpions".

Does it has a special meaning? Can anyone offer an explanation, another example of use or synonym.
Thank you.
sgcodes
English translation:It's from the Bible
Explanation:
I Kings 12:11
(King James Authorised Version)

"And now whereas my father did lade you with a heavy yoke, I will add to your yoke: my father hath chastised you with whips, but I will chastise you with scorpions."
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Jack Doughty
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Local time: 22:35
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4 mins   confidence: Answerer confidence 4/5Answerer confidence 4/5 peer agreement (net): +5
It's from the Bible


Explanation:
I Kings 12:11
(King James Authorised Version)

"And now whereas my father did lade you with a heavy yoke, I will add to your yoke: my father hath chastised you with whips, but I will chastise you with scorpions."

Jack Doughty
United Kingdom
Local time: 22:35
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Thank you very much!

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agree  Rachel Fell
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agree  Patricia Townshend: Yes, severe punishment indeed!
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agree  Ramesh Bhatt
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